Support for Children with
Learning Difficulties

Reading with Clicker

Clicker talking books give students reading support at a number of different levels. You can make your own talking books and you can download ready-made books from For talking books with lots of associated reading and writing activities, we recommend our Powered by Clicker products, which are full of carefully leveled materials that will help your students to achieve success.

Highlighted text

With Clicker, students can listen to the story as it is read aloud – the words will highlight as they are read, helping the student to follow the text and to focus on each word as they hear it. (Tip: as you make your own books the software speech will automatically highlight – you don’t have to do anything extra to achieve this powerful reading support for your children.)

Read and record

Students can read the text for themselves, and can use Clicker’s sound recorder to record themselves as they do so. You may wish for them to listen to the model before recording, or just let them give it a try. When they have finished, they can listen to themselves and record again if they wish. Hearing themselves read is very motivating and the activity provides a useful assessment opportunity as well.

Read it yourself

For some students, and as a next step in developing reading independence, it can be useful for them to read the text for themselves – remove the speaker button so that they cannot hear the text first. As they read, they can click on difficult words to hear them. This prompt feature prevents the reader from stumbling on unknown words, makes challenging texts more accessible, aids understanding, and helps maintain and build pace and fluency.

Emphasize key words 

Use colored text to emphasize key words or phrases on each page to help learners to become familiar with specific vocabulary. Do this with your own books, or with ready-made ones, emphasizing the new words that you want your students to learn. 

Make talking books for your students

Using Clicker’s ready-made templates, you can create high-interest books at just the right reading level for your students. In this way you can make the curriculum accessible, provide simpler versions of guided reading books, and create books about the students themselves, for example about school trips, hobbies, and interests. You can use digital photos, graphics from Clicker’s extensive picture library, or any clip art.